Content marketing is all the rage because it teaches consumers about products when they’re searching for information. But there’s one kind of content marketing that remains a little-known secret. This channel reaches a massive audience, and is interesting, relevant and engaging. What is this underused approach to content marketing? Media coverage.
To understand what we do, you have to understand what we don’t do. I’ll tell you the difference between us and the competition, and I’ll tell you how to get media coverage at a reasonable price.
Almost 30 years ago when we started selling PR by the story, things looked bleak. Most companies paid their PR firms hourly and had never heard of anyone selling media coverage by the placement. When the PR industry got wind of our pricing structure they went ballistic. The president of a public relations group made it his business to lambaste my company in both industry publications and the mainstream press. A newspaper headline on the front page of the business section read: “… with colleagues like this, who need enemies.” The article quoted a local PR professional as saying she “flew into a rage” when she found out we were selling news coverage by the story. I thought at the time, flew into a rage over what? Then a respected PR trade journal interviewed a competitor who said we “sit four to a desk.” Their bizarre anger toward us was laughable. I thought, what’s the big deal? We sell media coverage by the story rather than hourly.
When you see news stories about a consumer product, it’s easy to think that a reporter just happened to learn about the product and decide it deserved media coverage. That’s not necessarily the case. Quite likely, someone had a hand in telling the reporter about the product. Often times, that someone is us. Over the last three decades, our staff has arranged tens of thousands of product stories. The secret to our success is that we charge per story rather than by the hour. Many marketers ask, “How can I get publicity for my product?” The answer is: call us.
Many companies don’t use PR to tell their story. That’s because many PR firms charge big hourly fees with no guarantee of coverage. I don’t blame anyone for skipping that gamble. We’ve made it cost-effective and smart to take advantage of the best way to promote your product: media coverage.
No promotional tool is more underused than product news coverage. I know because my company, Media Relations, Inc., has been arranging product news stories for almost 30 years. One of our most important tasks is helping companies understand that they can ‒ and should ‒ tap into the power of media coverage to promote their products.
No matter how bizarre something is, once people become accustomed to it, they think it is normal. That’s how I view many aspects of the PR industry. It’s hard to imagine an industry more off course. There’s a better way to get publicity for your product.
When you visit a neighborhood store, you probably expect merchandise to be orderly and easy to find. The same holds true for websites: When customers visit a website, they expect to find what they want quickly, and they want it to look good. A well-run website is essential for successful Internet marketing. However, it takes time and energy to keep a website current and optimized. A web property manager can help you maintain your site at the standards customers expect.
No one will get your product more news coverage than we will. How do we do it? We work harder. Why would we work harder? Because we charge per story, not by the hour.
I’ve taken more grief for selling PR by the story than you can imagine. Traditional PR firms bill by the hour, and they see our Pay Per Interview Publicity® pricing model as a threat. One guy in the old guard camp thought he could embarrass me in front of others. He tilted his head back so he could look down his nose at me and snickered, “Oh yes, aren’t you the fellows who sell publicity by the pound?” I fixed him, though. I said, “No, we’re the ones who sell it by the ton.” It got a laugh and shut him up.
1. “How much media coverage can you arrange for our product?”
2. “What would it cost?”
No matter what the product or who the client, eventually our meetings come down to these two questions about media coverage.
So we are offering a free, no-obligation, easy consultation to tell you the answers as best we can. Call Heather Champine at 952-697-5269 or complete this form. After a 15-minute conversation with Heather, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the answers. Heather will be happy to spend more time with you if you’d like, but 15 minutes is usually all it takes.
We’ve helped many companies teach the masses about their products by getting reporters to do stories about them. Some, such as BreatheRight® nasal strips, have gone on to become dominant brands. We’re different from traditional PR firms, though; our Pay Per Interview Publicity® pricing model makes our agency a bit of a renegade.